Quince are only available for a short season and are often hard to find so we were delighted to see a small basket of the fruit on the market stall. Peeled, sliced thinly and stewed with apple they add a slightly exotic taste which is hard to place but adds a depth of flavour – particularly to an apple and quince crumble.
We have been reading two books about living a more unhurried life closer to nature
Deep Country – Five Years in the Welsh Hills by Neil Ansell. Publisher: Penguin
Woodsman – Living in a Wood in the 21st Century by Ben Law. Publisher: William Collins
Both chart a journey of exploration – a reconnection with nature and the rhythm of the natural world. For me Law’s book is a more satisfying read. There was so much I wanted to know about Ansell’s adventure but his focus is on birds and whilst this is of interest I needed more about what he ate and cooked, about his walks and his thoughts during his five years living in the Welsh hills, alone without transport and a phone. That said, both are excellent and comforting reads now the nights are drawing in and our focus changes from evenings in the garden or woods to being in front of the fire.